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What is an article?

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A Physicswiki article is a page that has encyclopedic information on it. A well written encyclopedia article identifies a notable encyclopedic topic, summarizes that topic comprehensively, contains references to reliable sources, will have a reading list, and will link to other related topics.

Article title

See Physicswiki:Naming conventions to learn how we title articles and Special:Protectedpages for a list of pages that have been made read-only to unregistered users or non-administrators.

Quality of articles

Articles range greatly in quality, from as high as featured articles to as low as candidates for speedy deletion. Some articles are quite lengthy and rich in content while others are shorter (possibly stubs) and of lesser quality.


"Articles" belong to the main namespace of Physicswiki pages (also called "article namespace" or simply "mainspace"). For example Daffodil.

The main NAMESPACE does not include any pages in any of the specified namespaces that are used for particular purposes, such as:

But not all pages in the article NAMESPACE are considered to be articles; the most notable exceptions are:

  • the Main Page;
  • thousands of disambiguation pages, which are used to resolve naming conflicts;
  • many millions of redirect pages, including soft redirects, which are used to re-route one page to another page;
  • for wiki-statistical purposes, some extremely short and simple pages are not counted as articles. The criteria have varied over time.

Lists of articles and statistics

Special:Allpages has a list of all Physicswiki articles and Physicswiki:Statistics for statistics on Physicswiki and its growth.

The automatic definition used by the software at Special:Statistics is: any page that is in the article namespace, is not a redirect page and contains at least one wiki link. The statistics software currently has no method of detecting disambiguation pages, however; nor does it disregard stubs (but in any case, many articles tagged as stubs are quite substantial) or stublists (lists templates with little or no content).

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